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Middle-class Problems — People on Twitter overreacting about small annoyances [15 pictures]

Sep 4, 2013 By Abraham

Playing off the First-world Problem meme, Twitter account Middle Class Problem retweets people who are perhaps a bit too disappointed with the little troubles in their lives.

Here are some examples paired with photos that really bring out the depths of the sorrow and anguish just under the surface as these poor folks express their grievances…

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(via BuzzFeed)


  1. Paula says:

    Point one: Couldn’t some idiot have matched the sexes of the models and the names?
    Point two: Not all of them say their day is ruined or so forth. They’re just comments about stuff happening. Did we have to exaggerate it as if they want to die???
    Alysha and Pete Staunch have valid points, at least. Belittle someone who deserves to be belittled.

      1. Derke says:

        Because the roiginal meme is “White People Problems”. They changed it to “Middle Class Problems” in an attempt to be PC, but I think the implication of the change is far worse than the original term.

    1. Cory says:

      Bahaha…. So ironic, Paula that you’re complaining about how the models don’t match the sex of the poster, and this is a post about complaining about stupid things. How silly!

  2. Mike says:

    Since when are these middle class problems? Sound more like upper class problems…or at least upper middle class problems…or just “spoiled 20-something” problems.

      1. Victoria says:

        I hate that term. It implies that all of us that happen to live in these areas live this way. No, I don’t have to worry about rebel gangs, land mines, or dysentery. But I do worry about being assaulted by a street thugs (again) affording my food and utilities, and actually yeah… dysentery since we have a septic tanks here and my neighbors are ghetto trash who don’t take their of their crap (literally). So I think Mike has a point.

        1. Matt says:

          Ahh, the crapsack that injects their hideous racism into every conversation is here! I was wondering when you’d show up!

          1. Joe says:

            She didn’t say anything about race…… Street thugs and ghetto trash could be any race so fail on you….

          2. Collene says:

            Assuming that the “street thugs” and “ghetto trash” is automatically black (or whatever other race you were stereotypically thinking of) is actually racist of you

          3. Jill says:

            You’re kidding, right? There is such a thing as racially coded language, and terms like “street thugs” and “ghetto trash” and perfect examples of it.

            Here are some adjectives to describe people who are violent, dirty or inconsiderate WITHOUT racially coding them.


          4. Nic says:

            Love that some people cry racism right away, inventing evidence and subtext. You don’t know the race of the poster or the “street thugs” right? Maybe she’s black and they’re white. Maybe she’s Asian and they’re black. Maybe they’re all Mexican or Indian. I grew up in a mostly white area. Lots of street thugs running around, thinking they were tough, sexually assaulting women, and stealing money for drugs. My former town currently has the highest child homelessness rate in the state – an almost all-white town. It also has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates and one of the highest rates of domestic violence and sexual assault. Would I be racist to call the men who go around raping and robbing and beating women “street thugs”? What should I call them? “Nice gentlemen with slight physical aggression issues”?

            Where I’m originally from”ghetto” is a word used often to describe much of the population, and nearly everyone there is white. Another popular term is “redneck ghetto.” It’s not a race thing, it’s a lifestyle thing. If you have a lawn covered in broken car parts, or if you have four or five kids you can’t afford because you spend your cash on cigarettes and pot while they get free lunch at school and no dinner at home, or if DCF took your kids a few years ago but you still bitch at your ex expecting child support, or if you live in the small-town projects where it’s common for families to spend $40 at the ice cream truck a few times a week even though you’re on welfare and don’t work, or if you are “in love” with a new person every six weeks, calling each other “wifey” and “hubby” and feeling so glad that one or both of you just got clean/sober/released from prison, you’re probably going to be described as “ghetto,” “redneck,” or “redneck ghetto” in that little part of the world. It’s synonymous with “deadbeats.”

            Ghetto: “an impoverished, neglected, or otherwise disadvantaged residential area.” Which describes a lot of areas in the US – areas where people of all different races happen to live.

          5. Marvin says:


            Thank you for your concern but um, ghetto is a universal term these days and not just used to describe people like myself… ya know, of the chocolaty variety. Actually, it stems from the Jewish Ghettos of Warsaw, Poland I believe so it morphed into many things just like many other words in our language. But I digress, Matt you are the racist in this conversation. Congratulations. At least you were right… Kinda.

    1. FecklessBecker says:

      These are definitely not just “upper middle class problems.” The middle class and even the lower classes have shifted into being the types of snobby whiners that use to be characteristic of the richer people. A lot of this is because things like name brand clothes, various coffees, and gourmet foods have become more available to the average anybody anywhere.

  3. Marco says:

    This leads me to wonder what people living in Peruvian shanty towns would tweet if they could only get decent 4G service that far up in the Andes!

  4. B says:

    It’s not so much a commentary on any specific class. It’s a comment that people put the stupidest crap on Twitter thinking people care. The wealthy and poor alike are equally guilty. They make the biggest deal out of the smallest thing to get attention. They need real problems, apparently! Makes you wonder how people dealt with their problems before they could complain on Twitter…

  5. B says:

    There’s a person in my life who is THE biggest attention-seeker, the worst one-upper, a total brat, and completely self-centered. She lives on Twitter. I’ve seen some of her Tweets. They’re just like this, only worse. People like this…..sigh…what can you do.

      1. Emma says:

        It doesn’t sound like the OP is a Twitter follower of this person so unfriending them isn’t the solution.

        Unless you meant to suggest the OP should end the real life friendship?

    1. Anthony says:

      Don’t get on Twitter. Don’t read their tweets. Walk outside. Read a book. Love the person who apparently needs love. Really… sigh… there’s many things you can do beside complaining about them in a blog comment.

  6. Monki says:

    Surely the entire point of Twitter is to tweet these little trivial things. No sensible person in their right mind is going to tweet real issues like:

    ‘Just found out my husband is sleeping with multiple prostitutes so am at the sexual health clinic getting tested for STDs.’

    ‘I’ve been made redundant and cannot afford mortgage payments so my home is going to be repossessed and my wife left me’

    ‘my dad might have pancreatic cancer which is one of the fastest killers we are waiting for results I really hope he doesn’t die I feel so helpless’

    ‘I’m an alcoholic and last night I got so drunk I beat my wife within every inch of her life and don’t remember doing it. She’s leaving me and taking the kids, I hate myself but until I find a way to stop drinking I cannot be trusted with my family even though I love them so much’

    ‘my sister was in a terrible accident last week and is paralysed from the neck down. She wants to die but I don’t want to lose her she’s the only family I have left I don’t know what to do’

    ‘I just had a fall and miscarried my baby at four months, my husband blames me I am devastated’

    ‘Hit a cyclist on my way home last night and he died. I should have been more aware, the police said it wasn’t my fault he came in my blind spot but I feel it was, there must have been something I could have done. I feel terrible, I want to kill myself, I’m responsible for another persons death, how can I live with this?’

    ‘just found out I am bipolar after having a manic episode, where I thought I was the messiah. Resulted in spending all our money to try and save Dafur, including wifes savings, knocked up a ton of debt which we can’t pay, lost my job, can’t survive on her salary our kids can’t eat and we have lost our home’

    1. Bugsie says:

      LOL, yes nothing wrong with tweeting about the mundane things in life, I think the point is in the big scheme of things, it seems pretty trivial. Also, I dislike the term ‘first world problems’ because it assumes that a) people in the developed world don’t have issues or suffer real problems, and b) people in developing countries are never caught up with the trivialities of life. Having said that, acting like the trivial things in life are the worst thing ever and consequentially, people making fun of you, can be pretty funny.

  7. Rod says:

    I want to complain. I had my butler read this to me and he laughed so hard he needed to lie down and now I’m having to make my own food. I decided to have a boiled egg, but all the eggs in the fridge are just runny when one breaks the shell. I’m starving, please advise.

    1. English teacher says:

      You’re going to want a semi-colon after “grammar”; you can’t connect two independent clauses with a comma.

      1. Graystone says:

        Punctuation belongs inside quotation marks. It’s a rule I disagree with in cases such as yours, but a grammatical convention nonetheless.

  8. Barry says:

    Unfortunately, those steeped in self-absorption will have trouble perceiving the irony on display here, however if they were currently enduring the “crimes against humanity” on display in Syria they might realise just how inconsequential they truly are.

    Can’t imagine what life without giant couscous would be like but it doesn’t bother me, a life without democracy (however vague) would be difficult, I do worry about the cultural OCD regarding phones though as it can’t be too long before they start taking lampposts out in order to avoid lawsuits as these twit(ter)’s seem to walk into them with gay abandon.

    1. Pspaughtamus says:

      “Can’t imagine what life without giant couscous would be like”
      And I can’t imagine life WITH giant couscous, or at least not so dependent on it that I couldn’t imagine doing without it. I like couscous, I didn’t know it came in different sizes.

  9. James says:

    At least one of them (Caitlin Moran) is a comedian – some more of them may also be taking the piss a teensy bit.

  10. Pspaughtamus says:

    And is anyone else amused that Charles Manson is the one whose mother has the cupcake business, and the only food in the house is cake? If it was THE Charles Manson, that might explain a few things. ~grin~

  11. ArgentDawn says:

    As someone who was born in the so-called First World, and has since moved to the so-called Third World (not all Third World nations were created equal), I have come to some pretty harsh realisations and learned some pretty tough life lessons here in South America. I am pleased to discover about myself that I was never an entitled brat, but ignorance can make you sound like a right dick in the wrong circumstances, no matter how well-intentioned you are. What I have to say about this issue, however, is lighten up! The tweets are funny, whether they were ironically intended or not. I laughed. The commenters’ grammar misuse is irksome but not the end of the world (and I have an Honours degree in English). Who cares that they didn’t match the genders to the names? Did you think of making this page and publishing it on the Internet? No? So stop complaining. I don’t even know what giant cous cous looks like, or what a ‘mimosa’ is… We are lucky if they have seasonal vegetables at our local supermarket, and luckier still if we can afford them. If I can take a joke, surely you can too?

  12. Bryan says:

    Pretty sure a lot of these are jokes. You know what jokes are, right?

    And the majority of them that aren’t jokes are just casual exaggerations made by people typing a small message into their phone in thirty seconds.

    I wouldn’t mind, but the whole point of this article seems to be making fun of these people’s overreactions (lazy social commentary) when they would likely admit to them being overreactions (most intentionally so). Ugh, I guess I might be overreacting to a small annoyance…

  13. jpgnt says:

    I think it’s an American influence too – we are following their example. I like my US friends but it always strikes me how they are “corrupted” by the comfort they enjoy and the sanitation of their society, especially when they travel, they have little tolerance for any small constraint or difficulty, when it doesn’t work the same they’re used to, etc… I think in Europe we’re following the same path, UK leading the way, and yes it’s very middle class!

  14. Tamz11111982 says:

    I am proud to say that I have not, and never will have a ‘Twit’ account. This is what the sight is all about; there are always gunna be millions of people that do not give a crap about what you are doing/thinking/saying. At best some may find it mildly amusing, but mainly just a reason to ridicule the author! Wise up Twits! ;)

  15. J says:

    Are people, including the person who put together this “article,” seriously taking these tweets at face value? Just about every one can be interpreted as ironic and intended to be funny. Good lord!

  16. Lucy says:

    I love all of these tweets including all the comments regarding the tweets. I was just complaining to a friend about how tortured I am because I work in a city that doesn’t have a market that offers an authentic organic green smoothie – all they have here is the ‘Juice It up’ and ‘Jamba Juice’ chains. I’d rather drink my own blood first!

  17. sharon says:

    I agree that the problems listed in this post are at least upper middle class, if not upper class problems. Either that, or I’m a lot lower on the financial scale than I thought because my family has never been able to afford any kind of cleaner/maid/laundry service/expensive butter/etc.

    That being said, I do think that anyone can be spoiled & whiny regardless of income because if you have anything & you don’t appreciate it then that can be considered being spoiled. But I do think it’s part of human nature & not necessarily evil. I just think that the more you have, the more you should give back/try to help others less fortunate. And you still have the right to complain, but just know you’re going to come off as a spoiled ass if you’re complaining about a minor inconvenience concerning a luxury that most others aren’t fortunate enough to have.

  18. Lindsay says:

    Get over it and laugh, people! Life should t be taken so seriously…nor blog posts and things meant to bring a little laugh or smile to your day. Don’t be a grouch, don’t be offended, and don’t play the race cards. Otherwise stick with reading “O!” Magazine or something.

  19. nomadtraveller says:

    I love the fact that the comments on these ironic postings always miss the point and end up demonstrating the naivety the postings were poking fun at in the first place.

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